Comprehensive Cancer Centers Adds Cancer Genetic Counseling to Services

Approximately five to ten percent of all cancers have a hereditary component, making genetic risk assessments and counseling vital in early detection efforts as well as in customizing treatment plans.

Barbara Caldwell, MSN, APRN

To better serve the community, Comprehensive Cancer Centers added cancer genetic counseling to its service lines under the guidance of renowned cancer genetic counselor, Barbara Caldwell, MSN, APRN. Initial cancer genetic counseling sessions typically take less than an hour and screening is comprised of a review of family history as well as a simple saliva or blood DNA test.

“Genetic services are becoming more and more vital to any practice and will certainly have an impact on our patients and throughout the community,” said Caldwell, who recently was hired by Comprehensive Cancer Centers. “The goal is to have more ‘previvors’ here in Southern Nevada, meaning that we are discovering patients’ predispositions to cancer and ultimately taking steps to prevent a cancer diagnosis.”

Prior to joining Comprehensive, Caldwell was director of chemotherapy at Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada in Las Vegas. She was also managing partner/owner of Genomicare and a nurse practitioner at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care. With more than 40 years of experience in medicine, Caldwell has also served as a nurse practitioner for a number of respected organizations throughout the Midwest, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“Treating patients is my true calling in life. I believe in treating the mind, body and soul since they’re all important for healing and a person’s overall health,” said Caldwell. “I am honored to be a part of my patients’ journey, no matter where it leads and my job is to make that journey safe, beneficial and as comfortable as possible.”

The addition of cancer genetic counseling was an important part of Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ efforts to stay ahead of the curve in providing care for its patients.

“So many people that visit us each year have serious questions about how their unique genes impact their likelihood of a cancer diagnosis,” said Jon Bilstein, executive director of Comprehensive Cancer Centers. “And now, they can have peace of mind in terms of what they suspect, their exact risks and, in some cases, how they may move forward with treatment.”

Effective immediately, new and existing patients may be referred to Caldwell for genetic risk assessments and/or testing at four Comprehensive treatment centers throughout Southern Nevada – Central Valley (3730 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, 89169); Horizon Ridge Henderson (2460 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson, 89052); Northwest (7445 Peak Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128); and Southwest (9280 W. Sunset Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, 89148).

To learn more about cancer genetic counseling, visit Comprehensive Cancer Centers at 702-862-1111 to schedule an appointment with our cancer genetic counselor today.